From the same developers that created Endless Alphabet, Endless Reader is a mobile app that works to improve word recognition, phonics, and reading fluency. These very important early level reading skills are important for children to master at a young age — even prior to entering grade school. The same goofy cast of animated characters act out sentences, and will appear periodically to engage with users. The free version of the app only allows users to get up to the letter “F,” while a paid version is available with all 26 letters of the alphabet. Animated character sound out letters in “ABC” mode, while a narrator reads aloud entire sentences in “sentence” mode, allowing users to make significant strides with recognizing the shapes and sounds of letters and then understand how to contribute into words and sentences. Endless Reader is an app best suited for younger children and early level readers, making the app recommended for use with kids ages 2 to 7.
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Endless Reader is exceptionally engaging for early readers. It's lively cast of characters commands young users' attention and draws them in to encourage continued use of the educational app. Users move on to new letters after correctly completing exercises, giving incentive for users to see the concentrated and see exercises through to completion. Watching the whimsical -- yet applicable -- animation after correctly arranging the letters or words is a good motivational tool, and gives users a sense of reward for their goal-directed persistence, as they strive to complete all the activities that 26 letter have to offer.
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This app is great for helping children learn and internalize basic phonic skills, and put them to use in a simple, interactive way. Because the letter sounds and sentences are made audible by the Endless Reader characters, users can follow along, picking up on the sounds. By playing the first few letter activities over and over, users should eventually be able to mimic the sounds each letter makes. More important than simply mimicking the sounds during is applying them within the context of words and sounds, a task practice withing the app's "Sentence" mode.
Understanding the relationship between letters and sounds is one of the earliest steps in learning, and apps like Endless Reader offer solid first steps in towards reading comprehension. Users will get to practice other building block s of reading as they learn relationships between letters within words, and then how to combine those words together properly to form sentences. The app is well-suited for users who have not entered grade school, or who struggle with reading, so it's application is not quite universal. Still, Endless Reader is a great way to introduce the alphabet while making learning new sight words a lively, engaging activity.
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